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Stage 2 Power Rankings

ESPN Esports Overwatch League Stage 2 Power Rankings.

Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger joins Treavor Scales to break down which teams are the ones to beat heading into Stage 2 of Overwatch League.

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OVERWATCH COLLEGIATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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Learntooplay learns on the job at UCI.

The Anteaters' main tank, Nick "Learntooplay" Theodorakis, discusses transferring to UCI for esports and gunning for a Tespa title

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NA LCS Highlights

Golden Guardians, Echo Fox pick up big wins.

The Golden State Warriors' League of Legends team got its second win of the season in a shocking upset of Team Liquid.

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COLLEGE ESPORTS

OVERWATCH COLLEGIATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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The upset is compete, and the champs hang onto their title. Cal, despite facing down a UC Irvine team that was undefeated going into the finals, beats UCI 3-0 in the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championship to repeat as Tespa Collegiate Series champions. The Bears win scholarships of $7,000 per starter, and the runners-up get $3,000 apiece, with coaches and staff getting compensation for both as well. More than 12,500 viewers tuned in on Twitch for the finals at its peak viewership.

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UC Irvine got its revenge with a 3-0 sweep of UC San Diego in the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championship today. DPS Chansoo "Lootre" Park and off-tank Aaron "Lionpoke" Boyer popped off for the undefeated Anteaters, with Lionpoke picking up a crucial quadra-kill as D.Va to hand UCI a Map 2 tiebreaker win and Lootre dominating as Pharah and Widowmaker. UCI will face the winner of University of Toronto and Cal, a rematch of last year's Tespa Championship Series finals.

Sean Morrison, ESPN.com

OVERWATCH LEAGUE

STAGE 1 PLAYOFFS

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Texas Wesleyan has announced the launch of a varsity esports program Monday, with a dozen $2,000 scholarships available for three titles: Overwatch, League of Legends and Hearthstone. Recruiting for Texas Wesleyan will begin immediately, the school said in a statement, and the program might add additional esports in the future based on student interest. "The response we're getting is incredible," vice president for student affairs Dennis Hall said in a statement. "Dallas-Fort Worth is a hotspot for esports. We are recruiting new students to join the teams, as well as engaging current Texas Wesleyan students in the program."

Sean Morrison, ESPN.com

STARCRAFT II

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Just days after becoming the first woman to win a major StarCraft II tournament and second-ever non-South Korean player to win a major SCII tourney in South Korea, Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn made StarCraft history again. Scarlett, who won the Intel Extreme Masters pre-Winter Olympics event on Wednesday in Pyeongchang, became the first woman to advance to the Round of 8 in the Global StarCraft II League with a 2-0 victory against Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung on Friday. "I feel really good right now," Scarlett said in an on-stream interview with GSL. "I just came off winning Pyeongchang a few days ago ... it gave me a lot more confidence."

Sean Morrison, ESPN.com

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League of Legends vs. Overwatch League.

Clutch Gaming's Sebastian Park, the director of esports development for the Houston Rockets, and Tyler Erzberger compare and contrast Overwatch League and the North American League Championship Series.

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Why buy into League of Legends?

Houston Rocket and Clutch Gaming's Sebastian Park explains to ESPN.com's Tyler Erzberger why he chose to join the North American League of Legends Championship Series over other esports.

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Evo 2018

Eight fighting game titles will appear at the 2018 Evolution Championship Series at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas which runs Aug. 3-5. The tournament will feature Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Injustice 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Tekken 7. Dragon Ball Fighter Z will be the only new game to be featured at the event, although Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle were released in 2018.

Jacob Wolf, ESPN Staff Writer

North American LCS

League of Legends

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Esports Top 10 of January, 2018.

We recap some of the best plays from the first month of 2018

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Several North American League of Legends Championship Series teams will be sporting cancer awareness ribbons at Riot Games' Los Angeles studio on Sunday in support of the World Cancer Day. Optic Gaming -- one of the new teams in the league -- headed up the campaign, and the ribbons were made by OpTic's Charlene Hamm and Alex Pilaski, who works for Riot Games. Pilaski was diagnosed with Stage 3 Nasopharyngeal Cancer in June 2016 and later completed treatment in March.

Jacob Wolf, ESPN Staff Writer

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Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe was released on bond Friday evening after he was arrested for the alleged sexual exploitation of a child on Wednesday. Cliffe was a part of a nine-month investigation conducted by the Seattle Police Department that looked into a sexual relationship between Cliffe and a then 16-year-old girl who he met online, according to a police document obtained by ESPN. Cliffe's bail was set at $150,000 on Friday following a court hearing and he is scheduled to appear again in court on Monday.

Jacob Wolf, ESPN Staff Writer

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ELEAGUE BOSTON MAJOR

COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE

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NA team Cloud 9 makes history.

North American team Cloud 9 defeats FaZe in an epic double overtime victory to secure the ELEAGUE major title and becoming the first North American team to win a major.

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Liberally peppered about the Agganis Arena in Boston at the ELeague Major are signs with varying text, but many boil down to buying or trading pins. These pins, which have different rarities and are only available in swag bags at Counter-Strike majors, can be used to unlock an in-game icon in CS:GO. The most expensive pin, an icon of a red and gold wolf head named Howl, is currently going for $200 (but one reportedly sold for $400 on Friday). Henry, on the right, is trading 10 pins worth $250 and Brendan is selling his Howl for $200, but isn't interested in Henry's pins. As for demand, in the few minutes Henry, Brendan and I spoke, a handful of inquiries came their way.

Darin Kwilinski, ESPN esports

BOSTON MAJOR

COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE

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Tarik "tarik" Celik discusses playing on home soil in America and and how it's benefited his team, Cloud9, as they've competed in the ELeague: Boston Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major. The team is the most successful iteration of a Cloud9 Counter-Strike roster, moving on to a semifinal after pushing past G2 Esports on Friday.

Jacob Wolf, ESPN Staff Writer
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Cloud9 upsets French titan G2 Esports with a dominating two-map to zero win at the ELeague: Boston Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major at Agganis Arena. The only remaining American team, Cloud9 moves on to face the winner of SK Gaming vs. Fnatic in a semifinal match on Saturday.

Jacob Wolf, ESPN Staff Writer
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Natus Vincere's Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev discusses Saturday's upcoming match against his former team Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and his FaZe Clan at the ELeague: Boston Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major at Agganis Arena.

Jacob Wolf, ESPN Staff Writer
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LEAGUE OF LEGENDS SEASON 8

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